January 19, 2017
Associate Professor, Dr. James Chan, is the PI on the newly funded 5-year NSF Phase II award for $500,000 to support our Center for Biophotonics Sensors and Systems (CBSS). Established in 2011 as a NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center in collaboration with Boston University, CBSS is part of a national photonics consortium enabling technologies to detect, sense, identify and understand biological properties, conditions or changes at the molecular, cellular and subcellular level.

Vice Chair of Information Services, Dr. Michael Hogarth, received a contract from the state of Maryland, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Public Health Services for $222,252 to support the Maryland Electronic Death Registry System (EDRS) Project. This project is modeled after the State of California’s innovative EDRS developed and implemented by Dr. Hogarth’s team.

Our department raised over $3,200 to donate to charity during our holiday Star Giving program. Faculty, staff, housestaff and others purchased stars to honor colleagues and co-workers with proceeds going to four designated charities in our community.

December 20, 2016
Director of Apheresis Dr. Leonor Fernando received the Apheresis Practitioner Qualification from the ASCP’s Board of Certification.  This new qualification was introduced in January 2016; Dr. Fernando is among the first group of practitioners to receive this new credential.

November 19, 2016
Assistant Professor, Dr. Mirna Lechpammer, presented a poster “Cystathione B-synthetase Expression in Astrocytomas Increases with Histologic Grade” at the Society of Neuro-oncology meeting in Scottsdale, AZ  on November 18, 2016.

On November 19, 2016, faculty members Dr. Denis Dwyre and Dr. Leonor Fernando attended the meeting of The Northern California chapter of the American College of Physicians in San Jose which included a poster on a "cool" case of cryoglobinemia from pathology mentors Dr. Dwyre and Dr. Fernando with internal medicine resident Michael Chew. Pathology resident Dr. Ananya Datta Mitra was a co-author on a poster with internal medicine resident Stacey Howell on an unusual case of a mitral valve lesion.

November 11, 2016
Department chair Dr. Lydia Howell's medical student mentees, Kristine Miller and Diana Ha, gave a platform presentation at the American Society of Cytopathology’s annual meeting entitled "Impact of a Community Education Program to Promote Pap Test Screening Among Asian-American Women".  

The American Society of Cytopathology featured two workshops led by our faculty at their annual scientific meeting in New Orleans, November 10-13, 2016. Assistant professor Dr. Eric Huang presented a workshop on management guidelines for abnormal Pap tests, and chair Dr. Lydia Howell led a panel luncheon on laboratory leadership.

October 24, 2016
Faculty and housestaff collaborated on the poster presented by resident Dr. Andy Jones and Dr. Sarah Barnhard at the AABB Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida last week, “Therapeutic Plasma Exchange in Carfilzomib-Induced Thrombotic Microangiopathy.” Also at the AABB meeting Dr. Barnhard and Dr. Grace Monis presented their poster, “Vancomycin induced immunologic thrombocytopenia masquerading as post-transfusion purpura: a diagnostic pitfall.”

October 17, 2016
Dr. Mike Hogarth, Vice Chair of Information Services is the UC Davis site PI for the new California Precision Medicine Consortium. Under Dr. Hogarth’s leadership, UC Davis joins a national network of health care provider organizations implementing the NIH's Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program.

As the winner of the Nature Reviews photo contests, images from professor Dr. Richard Levenson’s innovative MUSE microscope will be featured on the 2017 covers of Nature Reviews Nephology and Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology.

October 4, 2016
Clinical Chemistry Director Dr. Nam Tran and UC Davis Regional Burn Unit Director Tina Palmieri received a $110,000 Shriners Hospital pilot grant for their study "Cytochrome P450 Variants During Opiate Therapy in Burned Children".  Their goal is to define a screening tool to optimize opioid/opiate therapy in these high risk populations.

Residents Dr. Jessica Rogers and Dr. Dongguang Wei presented posters at the College of American Pathologists’ annual meeting in Las Vegas, September 26-29, 2016.  Dr. Rogers presented “Disseminated Peritoneal Leiomyomatosis: A Complication of Uterine Morcellation”.  Dr. Wei presented two posters:  “Primary Undifferentiated Pleomorphic Sarcoma of Spleen: A Rare Localization and Review of the Literature” and “Primary Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma of Breast with Bone Marrow Metastases Mimicking Acute Leukemia: A Diagnostic Challenge.”

Resident Dr. Amir Ghorbani presented “BRAF Mutations” and “Centronuclear Myopathy” at the XXXI International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology and 28th Congress of the European Society of Pathology in Cologne, Germany, September 26-29, 2016.

September 15, 2016
Professor Emeritus Dr. Gerald Kost is the recipient of UC Davis’ Edward Dickson’s Emeriti Professorship for 2016-17 to support his project “Preparedness for Highly Infectious Threats (Ebola Virus Disease, MERS-CoV, Others): Environmental Robustness of Point-of-Care WBCs and Differential Counts Used in Early Detection.”

Associate Professor Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño received a $1.9M competitive renewal for her project “Chandellier interneurons and the excitation/inhibition balance in the human prefrontal cortex in autism” from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Residents Dr. Saba Ali and Dr. Nima Amini presented posters at the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, September 14-16, 2016.  Dr. Ali’s poster was "Atypical Marginal Zone Hyperplasia (MZH) Is. a Mimic for Marginal Zone Lymphoma (MZL) in Pediatric Patients."  Dr. Amini’s poster was "Mast Cell Rich Leiomyoma as a Mimic of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor."

On August 31-September 1, Vice Chair of Research Dr. Yvonne Wan was an invited participant at a workshop at the National Cancer Institute on “Modulation of Anti-tumor Immune Responses by Diet- and Microbiome-derived Metabolites”.

September 1, 2016
On July 10, 2016, residency and fellowship alumnus Dr. Jose Galvez was appointed Chief of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center’s Biomedical Translational Research Information System, a resource supporting clinical research studies across the NIH’s Intramural Research Program and interfacing with extramural investigators. As part of this position, Dr. Galvez has a dual appointment with the National Library of Medicine.

August 17, 2016

Professor Dr. Jeffrey Gregg shared "Laboratory Management Experiences at UC Davis Medical Center and UC Health” at the 2016 International Hospital CEO Forum hosted by Shanghai No.6 People’s Hospital Medical Group, one of the leading medical groups in China.  Over 250 international experts, hospital directors and managers attend yearly to promote innovation, efficiency, and increase patients’ satisfaction.

August 8, 2016

Professor Dr. Richard Levenson has received a “STAIR” (Science Translation and Innovative Research) award two years in a row from the UC Davis Venture Catalyst program.  One of four awards for 2016-17, Dr. Levenson and colleagues have created a new method utilizing a novel camera sensor for spectral imaging that drastically reduces the amount of data needed for analysis.

Associate professor Dr. Hooman Rashidi has been chosen by the American Board of Pathology to serve as an item writer and reviewer for their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) CertLink Assessment pilot.  Representing the next generation of MOC Assessment, this pilot is being developed as an option in lieu of the MOC Part III exam.

August 5, 2016
Assistant professor Dr. Nam Tran, Point-of-Care supervisor Nancy Lambuth and post-doc Fabian Lara presented their poster “Clinical Significance of Accurate Total Hemoglobin Measurements” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry on August 1 in Philadelphia.

Professor Dr. Regina Gandour-Edwards is among the first 14 pathologists chosen to provide telepathology consultations to Rwanda as part of the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s new Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment program in collaboration with the Clinton Foundation.

July 22, 2016
Congrats to our very own Dr. Peter Barry and his colleague Dr. Alice Tarantal at the California National Primate Center received an R21 grant entitled "Leveraging Established Fetal Primate Models to Expedite ZIKV Investigations", funded by the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs of NIH.  The grant was in response to an RFA entitled "Rapid Assessment of ZIKV Complications" and  was based on the rhesus macaque model of intrauterine human cytomegalovirus pioneered by Drs. Barry and Tarantal.

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